Ian Astbury - biography

Songwriter from England

Ian Astbury Ian Robert Astbury (born 14 May 1962, Heswall, Merseyside) is an English rock musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist for the rock band The Cult. Ian and his family moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1973 when he was 11 years old. He lived there for five years before moving back to the UK. His father worked at International Harvester and his mother was a bookkeeper. In his short time in the country, he developed a love for Canada and has stated in interviews that he will follow the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially if a Canadian team is playing. In 1979, while living in Glasgow, he was deeply struck by the Doors song "The End", which he heard while watching the movie Apocalypse Now. He later described this as "a religious experience". In 1980 he was in Liverpool, where he was active on the punk scene based around Eric's Club. After he was made homeless due to a dispute with a landlord over a party at his bedsit apartment, he ended up following Anarchist Punk band Crass. After a period of living in squats and sleeping rough, he moved to Bradford in late 1980. Here he was a founding member of the positive punk band Southern Death Cult in 1981. Southern Death Cult  ( Wikipedia article )


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Aimee Nash Heatherlyn Campbell
Singer, Songwriter


Year Performance Character
2007 The Cult: Irving Plaza, NYC
2004 The Doors of the 21st Century: L.A. Woman Live
2003 Sonic Revolution: A Celebration of the MC5

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